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  • Shahilla Shariff’s first poetry collection, Life Lines, was published in 2012 by Proverse Hong Kong. Her work has been featured in various anthologies and journals. A fourth-generation East African, she spent her early childhood in a multigenerational Indian-Muslim household in Dar es Salaam before moving to Canada.

  • Susan Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of Acting & Directing and Inter­national Programs Coordinator for the OU School of Drama. She holds an MFA in direct­ing from the University of New Orleans and has directed over a hundred productions nationally and internationally. Her recent credits at the University of Oklahoma include Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Dacia Maraini’s Mary Stuart, which was also performed at the Festival delle Due Rocche in Arona, Italy, in September 2011. Professor Shaughnessy is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

  • Ksenia Shcherbino's poetry and prose have been published in the journalsBabylon, Znamia, Novyi mir, Vozdukh, and other venues. She studied translation at the Moscow State Linguistic University and received her MA from the Institute of European Policy in Paris. She is currently completing an MA in Victorian studies at Westminster University, London. Shcherbino has translated several books on cultural studies and is also a visual artist who has had several solo exhibitions in Paris and Moscow.

  • Renee H. Shea, formerly professor of English and modern languages at Bowie State University in Maryland, has published extensively on Edwidge Danticat. For Poets & Writers she has profiled numerous contemporary authors, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maxine Hong Kingston, Monique Truong, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, Tracy K. Smith, and, most recently, Arundhati Roy. She currently writes literature and rhetoric textbooks for Bedford, Freeman & Worth.

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    Matthew Shenoda ( is the author of the poetry collections Somewhere Else, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, and Tahrir Suite and with Kwame Dawes is editor of Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden. Shenoda is currently dean of academic diversity, equity, and inclusion and professor of English and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund.

  • Mahtem Shiferraw won the 2016 Sillerman Prize for African Poets. Her collection Fuchsia was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is the founder of Anaphora Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization working to advance the works of writers and artists of color, co-founder of the Ethiopian Artist Collective, and executive editor of black lioness press.

  • Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir, The Reading List, won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize. Her second novel, Red Oblivion, was recently published by Dundurn Press.

  • Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Russian literature. The author of two widely acclaimed novels, Shishkin is admired as a refined stylist whose fiction engages Russian and European literary traditions and forges an equally expansive vision for the future of literature. Born in Moscow in 1961, Shishkin has worked as a teacher and journalist. His novels have earned him the three most prestigious Russian literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize in 2000, the National Bestseller Prize in 2005, and the Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book) Prize in 2006. His works have been translated into eleven languages.

  • Shizue Ogawa grew up in Memuro, a village near Obihiro in southeast Hokkaido. She writes in both Japanese and English, and her first published work appeared in Over the Oceans: 14 Bilingual Poems by 14 PoetsWater: A Soul at Play is her first book of free verse. Shizue's website is

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    David Shook’s debut verse collection, Our Obsidian Tongues, was longlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. His recent translations include work by Mario Bellatin, Tedi López Mills, and Víctor Terán. Founding editor of Phoneme Media and also a contributing editor to WLT, Shook lives in Los Angeles.

  • Heather J. Shotton is a citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is also a Cheyenne and Kiowa descendant. She is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She served as co-editor for the recently released books Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press) and Beyond Access: Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success (Stylus Publishing).

  • Kim Shuck is a poet and bead artist. She is the oldest daughter of Tsalagi and Goral families. Her poems can be found in packets of coffee, many literature periodicals, both online and paper, and in the pockets and notebooks of students. Her most recent book is Clouds Running In.

  • Alda Sigmundsdóttir is a writer, translator, journalist, and blogger. She is the author of several books about Iceland, including Unraveled: A Novel about a Meltdown and The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days. Raised in Canada and having lived in both the UK and Germany, she is now based in Reykjavík. 

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    Kevin Simmonds is a poet and musician originally from New Orleans. His full-length collections include Mad for Meat and Bend to It, the edited anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and, most recently, the chapbook The Noh of Dorian Corey. He lives in San Francisco.

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    Daniel Simon is a poet, translator, and WLT’s assistant director and editor in chief. His latest book, the edited volume Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award.

  • Kedarnath Singh (1934–2018) was a poet, critic, and essayist of Hindi literature. He received the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, in 2013. His anthologies include Abhi Bilkul Abhi, Yahan Se Dekho, Zameen Pak Rahi hai, Akaal Mein Saaras, and Bagh.

  • Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is the author of Bare Soul and three collections of verse in Hindi. Her work is widely published and translated into many languages.

  • Leonardo Sinisgalli (1908–81) was an Italian poet and art critic active from the 1930s to the 1970s. He was born in Montemurro, Basilicata, and studied engineering and mathematics in Rome. After completing his engineering degree in 1932, he moved to Milan where he worked as an architect and graphic artist. He was a close friend of the poet Giuseppe Ungaretti and painter Scipione. He worked on architecture and graphic-design projects in Milan. Sinisgalli's writing focused on themes from ancenstral southern Italian myths, the conflicts of existentialism and realism, and the scientific culture of the day. Sinisgalli founded and managed the magazine Civiltà delle Macchine (1953–59). He also created two documentaries that consecutively won awards at the Biennale di Venezia and edited radio broadcasting programs. He died in Rome in 1981. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

  • Gianni Skaragas is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He writes in both English and Greek. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in American Chordata, Copper Nickel, The Tower Journal, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of various grants and fellowships in the US and Europe.

  • Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné and holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a winner of the 2018 Discovery / Boston Review Poetry Prize. His debut collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, was selected by Kathy Fagan for Milkweed as a winner for the 2018 National Poetry Series. He currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.

  • Josef Škvorecký (1924-2012) was a writer and publisher. After receiveing his PhD in Philosophy, Škvorecký began to write novels, which were banned by the Communist government in Czechoslovakia. Many of his works espoused democratic ideals that threatened the state of the government, but his novels helped to usher in the Prague Spring in 1968. When the Russian army invaded Czechoslovakia that same year, Škvorecký and his wife found asylum in Canada, where the pair founded a publishing house that emphasized the publication of banned Czech and Slovak books. Škvorecký remained in Canada for the remainder of his life. He won the 1980 Neustadt Prize.

  • Scott Slovic served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) from 1992 to 1995, and since 1995 he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. After teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, for seventeen years, he became professor of literature and environment at the University of Idaho in 2012. The author, editor, or coeditor of twenty books in the field of ecocriticism and environmental literature, his most recent publication is Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism, which he coedited with Indian scholars Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Japan, and China, and he frequently lectures and teaches in far-flung regions of the world.

  • Sarah Smith is a WLT intern studying writing at the University of Oklahoma. She hopes to someday write a book high school students will be forced to read. When she isn’t writing, she serves as a volunteer barista in a nonprofit coffee shop near campus. 

  • Brian Sneeden’s first collection of poems, Last City, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press (2018). His translation from Modern Greek of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection Homerica is forthcoming from the inaugural series of World Poetry Books (2017). He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

  • © Andrés Felipe Solano <br /> c/o Guillermo Schavelzon & <br />Asociados, Agencia Literaria

    Andrés Felipe Solano (b. 1977, Bogotá) is the author of two novels, Sálvame, Joe Louis (2007) and Los hermanos Cuervo (2012). In 2008 he was a finalist for the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano Prize for his report “Six Months on Minimum Wage,” which was included in Lo mejor del periodismo en América Latina (2009).

    In 2010 Granta selected him for inclusion in its list of twenty-two “Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists.”

  • Lindantonella Solano Mendoza (b. 1975) is a Wayuu poet, psychologist, educator, and human rights leader in Guajira, Colombia. Author of the poetry collection Kashi de 7 eneros desde el vientre de Süchiimma (2009), she has founded several organizations to support arts, civic action, mental health, and human rights, and has won numerous awards for her literary and activist work.

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    Milena Solot has been published in Asymptote Journal, Words Without Borders, and other journals. Born in Mexico City, Solot now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, where she’s presently working on a novel, a satire with a female protagonist, for which she’s been awarded the Jóvenes Creadores grant by FONCA, the National Fund for Culture and Arts.

  • Chris Song is executive director of the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong. He won Extraordinary Mention in the Nosside World Poetry Prize from Italy (2013), and he is a recipient of the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

  • Yorgos Soukoulis was born in 1932 in the Corinthian Arvanit mountain village of Agios Yiannis. After an early life as a shepherd, he joined the Greek air force, retiring in the 1980s with the rank of air marshal. He began writing at the age of seventy, exclusively in Arvanitika. English translations of his poetry have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation

  • Rokiatou Soumaré is a PhD candidate in francophone sub-Saharan literature at the University of Oklahoma, where she is currently writing her dissertation on Alain Mabanckou’s work. Prior to enrolling at OU, she graduated from the University of Perpignan, France, with a bachelor’s in city planning and a master’s in tourism and hospitality management.

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